Thankfully, the oil spill in the Galapagos has caused only minimal damage to wildlife, enviros say. The oil tanker Jessica ran aground about 550 yards off the Ecuadorean archipelago and spilled about 185,000 gallons of fuel, but ocean currents have helped the clean-up effort and carried most of the fuel away from the islands, which were first made famous by Charles Darwin. The U.S. Coast Guard, which has sent a team down to Ecuador to help with the spill, said yesterday that it will be impossible to move the tanker and that over time the tanker will become an artificial reef and habitat for marine life. The Ecuadorean government has promised to tighten lax safety standards for tankers in the future, but enviros are dubious.

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